All Vancouver Fire Halls to Hear Every Fire Alarm – August 6, 1894

All Vancouver Fire Halls to Hear Every Fire Alarm – August 6, 1894

The telephones of all fire halls to ring simultaneously when an alarm is given. William McGirr given contract to re-roof the Grand Stand at the Jockey Club. The Hudson’s Bay Company asks for a “full” sidewalk in front of its new Water Street warehouse. Several complaints of improper drainage and the resulting “very offensive water” to be dealt with by the City Engineer – and the Chain Gang!

This transcript was made in April 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

AM54-S4-: FD P40
Firemen and wagons outside Fire hall No. 1 on Water Street, 1895

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 173 – 179
see original handwritten minutes here

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Vancouver August 6th 1894.
The Council met on Monday August 6th 1894,
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown, and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights Filed

From MacKinnon DeBeck & Co making application for a franchise granting the right to construct a system known as the American District Telegraph.
Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the Communication be laid over for one week.
Motion carried.

From Frank Dent, Secretary for Admiral Stephenson acknowledging receipt of communication thanking them for the part they took in the 1st of July Celebration. Filed

From Thos Lewis, Secretary of the Fraser Valley Relief Committee inviting the Mayor to be present at a meeting to be held in the Board of Trade Rooms on the 8th next.
Accepted and filed.

From Stanley J Henderson on behalf of the Life Insurance agents protesting against

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The License imposed by the Council on Life Insurance Companies.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From C.T. Jones, Governor General’s Secretary acknowledging receipt of Communication re the Dyking of the Fraser Valley lands. Filed.

From John Hardie Acting Deputy Minister of Marine acknowledging receipt of a communication re piling in the 1st Narrows. Filed.

From Mrs. McCraney asking if the Council would be inclined to extend a greeting to the Provincial W.C.T.U. which meets in Vancouver on the 28th 29th & 30th.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor to attend to. Carried.


The following Reports were received and read:-

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Monday August 6th 1894.
Present – Alderman Franklin, Shaw, and Bethune.
The City Engineer submitted specifications for installing an Arc light plant.
That tenders be invited for installing an arc and incandescent light plant for the City such tenders to be received up to Aug 31st 1894.
sgd J.L. Franklin, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown.
That the Report be adopted.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 3rd 1894.
Present – the full Board.
The following tenders were received for roofing the Grand Stand on the Jockey Club grounds, Hastings Park :-
W.A. Rennie $325
C.I. Shindler 435
Crowe & Wilson 212
Wm McGirr $195.00 and allow $30.00 for old shingles
John Kerragher 330
McLean & Hughes 299
Arthur & McDonald 700
Bayers & Hornie 230;

The tender of Wm McGirr was recommended for acceptance

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Van Elec Ry Supplies $5.00
James Stark “.25
City Printing Works “17.20
Bank of Montreal Notes etc. 100.50
Ellen Bloomfield supplies 5.00
City Printing Works “ 4.60
News. Advertiser “ 9.10


From C.W. Murray, Secretary of the School Board, notifying the Board that the Mortgage

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On the School building on the corner of Nelson & Hornby Streets is due. Filed.

From H. Abbott Esq General Superintendent of the C.P.R. Co offering to lease to the City Gore Avenue Slip or any other portion of the Harbour not now in use at a nominal rental of $1.00 a year.
Laid over.

That funds be provided to make passable Westminster Avenue for the Winter at the least possible expense.

That the City Engineer be instructed to interview Mr. J. M. Browning regarding the conveyance of the Right-of-Way at the Sugar Refinery
sgd W.F. Salsbury

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on the 2nd of August 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, McCraney Shaw and Brown.
R. Cook complained of a drain from Mr. Ross’ house discharging very offensive water in front of his premises on 6th Av. And asking that it be attended to.

Referred to the Street Inspector and Health Inspector conjointly for attention

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From the City Clerk enclosing a communication received from the Health Inspector on the subject of the sewer outlet on Abbott Street. Being attended to

From Powis & Whitehead calling attention to defective drainage of Block 60.196 Hastings Street east. Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to send in a report at the next meeting of the Board in regard to this matter.

From the City Clerk enclosing letters of Mrs Webster and Health Inspector in regard to drainage at the Alexandra Hospital.
Resolved that the officer in charge of the Chaingang be instructed to attend to the portion of the drain in the lane at the first opportunity.

From the Street Inspector submitting a report. Filed.

From A. McDougall asking that spare earth be deposited in front of his premises 830 Hornby Street for boulevard purposes.
Referred to the Street Inspector.

From Wm Thompson Manager of the Hudson’s Bay Co asking that a sidewalk to the full permanent width be put down in front of the new warehouse which has been built on Water Street by that firm.
Resolved that the Contractor Mr E. Cook be notified to replace the old sidewalk to the proper grade.

Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to order a new broom for the Street sweeper as soon as possible.

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Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to get James Dixon, Contractor for the Granville Street basement drain to continue the outlet at the same prices as the balance of the contract.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to have the hobs filled up and made safe where the sidewalks have been moved out on Burrard and also on Prior Street.


Resolved that tenders be called up to 3 P.M. on Thursday the 16th next for replanking the Granville Street Bridge, the City to supply the nails and lumber.

The following tenders were received and opened:-
Drain in lane South of Dupont Street
10×12 Box 12 x 12 Box Check Valve
James Dixon 44 c 48c $8
T.E. Plummer 39 41 6
A.D. McDonald 26 27 4
D. Gibbons 23 24 9

Resolved that the tenders of D. Gibbons be recommended for acceptance.

The following accounts were recommended for acceptance :-
Champion & White Street sweeping $89.75
Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 3.20
MacKay Bros Painting 8.00
Thos Dunn Supplies .60
W.C. Marshall Express 5.75
Leamy & Kyle Supplies. 298.03
Clark & Stuart “ 2.25
V.E.R. & L. Co. “ 2.25
J.A. Skinner “ 2.25
D.H. Morgan etal. Labor 482.65

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The Board then adjourned.
sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Chief of the Fire Department be authorized to connect the telephones of all the Fire Halls to ring simultaneously on the Alarm being given. Carried

Moved by Alderman W. Brown
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Water Works Pay Roll for the week ending July 30th 1894 amounting to $307.05 be passed and paid. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the By-Law to collect arrears of taxes previous to 1893 be read a 3rd time. Carried.

The Board then adjourned.
R.A. Anderson

Thos McGuigan
City Clerk.